The ING New York City Marathon may be the largest marathon in the world, but it’s also one of the hardest to get into. A record 120,000 people applied to the lottery for the 2010 race.
But if you didn’t get one of the coveted spots earlier this year, you can still be among the 42,000 runners at the start on Nov. 7. Many of the race’s charity partners still have entries available for runners.
Here’s how it works: Runners pledge to raise a predetermined amount of money—usually $2,500 to $3,000—for the charity by running the race on the charity’s behalf. In return, the runners get a guaranteed entry into the 2010 ING New York City Marathon.
Here are just a few good causes that are still looking for runners for this year’s race:
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend one of five Fresh Air Fund camps.
Fundraising commitment: $2,500
Team for Kids, part of New York Road Runner’s youth services division, provides free or low-cost health and fitness programs to children who would otherwise have no access to regular physical activity. Team for Kids serves nearly 100,000 children each year in more than 400 schools across New York City, the nation, and South Africa.
Fundraising commitment: $2,620, Plus applicable marathon entry fee and $100 Team for Kids registration fee
Free Arts NYC provides creative arts programs to low income, homeless, abused and neglected children. Partnering with group homes, shelters, schools and community centers, Free Arts NYC helps children express themselves in a supportive environment in order to develop communication and trust. Their volunteer to child ratio is often 1:1 and, at most, 1:3. The organization has now served over 24,000 children and families.
Fundraising commitment: $3,000
Those are just a few of the charities that still have available entries. For a complete list, click here.
Karla Bruning is an award-winning journalist and running nerd. She has completed three marathons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. Follow Karla’s “Notes From a Running Nerd” at RunKarlaRun.com, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning. To listen to an interview with Karla, check out The Marathon Show, available for streaming or download on BlogTalkRadio and iTunes.